Outside Play Tool Launched

Dr. Mariana Brussoni and her research team created Outsideplay.ca to help parents and communities reverse the trend that is limiting children’s chances to play outside and take risks in play. Outsideplay.ca is designed to help users find a more balanced approach for them and their child through understanding the importance of risky play, working to manage the fear that can lead to setting too many limits, and building a plan of action for change.

Outsideplay.ca was a collaborative initiative between the University of British Columbia (UBC), BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH), and the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU). The project was led in partnership with Dr. Mariana Brussoni’s Research Team and the BC Children’s Hospital Strategy and Innovation Office (SIO) – under the portfolio of the SIO’s Digital Lab (SIOLAB). The project also involved consultation with a multi-disciplinary advisory group, as well as national and international partners.

Visit OutsidePlay.ca for more information.

PHE Canada to hold 2nd Healthy School Communities National Forum

Pathways to student achievement, health and well-being

Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) has announced details of their 2017 Healthy School Communities National Forum which will be held in Ottawa, ON from November 2-3 at The Brookstreet Hotel. This biennial National event is a must attend for community leaders and decision-makers working across sectors to improve student achievement, health and well-being in or with schools or school communities.

“The National Forum presents an opportunity for all sectors serving the same child to come together to learn from and inspire each other” says Brian Storey, PHE Canada President and CEO. “It’s a powerful, energizing way to move everyone to achieve our collective goal of healthy children and youth.” During the two-day event delegates will explore collaborative and comprehensive school health approaches as current best practice for achieving school and community based change.

The Healthy School Communities National Forum represents PHE Canada’s commitment to convening and leading initiatives that reflect the multi-dimensional nature of each child and illustrate how a solid foundation in health and physical literacy is critical to their long-term development and success. Healthy children have an increased capacity to learn and develop the values, attitudes and skills necessary to be competent, effective and resilient adults.

Creating a healthy school community is a shared responsibility and requires a whole child approach that recognizes the relationship between health and learning. When students are healthy, learning outcomes are positively affected. Students, teachers, administrators, parents, governments and community partners all have a role to play.

Join PHE Canada November 2-3, at the Healthy School Communities National Forum and experience a National community of practice committed to improving student achievement, health and well-being.

Read more about PHE Canada’s Healthy School Communities Initiative.

For more information on the Forum, visit: www.phecanada.ca/HSCForum2017.


Mental Health Academy

The Mental Health Academy is a signature TeenMentalHealth.org event furthering education in mental health using evidence-based research and programs. Led by Dr. Stan Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health, the fifth edition of The Academy will take place on July 21 and 22, 2017 at Halifax West High School in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This year’s program will feature dynamic leaders in the field of adolescent mental health. The two-day event will cover the latest information on adolescent brain development, school staff self-care, what to do after a tragic death, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use, Eating Disorders and much more. The presenters will give you the knowledge, understanding and tools you need to better support students dealing with mental health challenges.

Registration will open soon. Visit the new Mental Health Academy website for updates!